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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume VI. Fancy.  1904.
 
Poems of Sentiment: V. The Arts
Influence of Music
William Shakespeare (1564–1616)
 
From “King Henry Eighth,” Act III. Sc. 1.

ORPHEUS, with his lute, made trees,
And the mountain-tops that freeze,
  Bow themselves when he did sing;
To his music plants and flowers
Ever sprung, as sun and showers        5
  There had made a lasting Spring.
 
Every thing that heard him play,
Even the billows of the sea,
  Hung their heads, and then lay by.
In sweet music is such art,        10
  Killing care, and grief of heart—
  Fall asleep, or, hearing, die!
 
 
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